SAE International and ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council Expand the Donald D. Dawson Technical Scholarship

Annual scholarship awarded to two students for the advancement of technical competency in the transport management industry

WARRENDALE, Pa. (August 15, 2019) – SAE International and the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) of American Trucking Associations announced the expansion of the TMC/SAE Donald D. Dawson Technical Scholarship to now recognize two outstanding students, beginning with the 2019/20 Academic Year. The scholarship supports the organizations’ ongoing commitment to advancing student development by encouraging technical competence and understanding to help drive practical solutions for equipment problems and vehicle design.
Established in 1992, this technical education scholarship honors the leadership of Donald D. Dawson. In his position as vice president of maintenance with Roadway Express, Mr. Dawson worked through SAE and TMC to merge the goals of truck equipment users and manufacturers. As a dedicated, lifelong student of his profession and technology, Mr. Dawson encouraged professional development for all levels of professional and student engineers.
“SAE is honored to award an additional scholarship this year in recognition of Mr. Dawson’s dedication to the transport management industry,” said Lori Gatmaitan, SAE Foundation Director.  “For nearly three decades we have proudly partnered with TMC to champion and educate future engineers through financial and hands-on support, and this latest milestone is the next step in that journey.”
The 2019 TMC/SAE Donald D. Dawson Technical Scholarship was awarded to two worthy recipients.
  • Yan Hao Wong of Houston, Texas, is an incoming sophomore studying Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin. Yan Hao will focus his studies on autonomous driving development, which will include coursework in Automatic Controls, Algorithms and Machine Learning. 
  • Robert van Zyl of Peachtree City, Ga., will major in Mechanical Engineering as he begins his freshman year at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As Robert embarks on his college career, he brings an exceptional talent for developing engineering solutions to complex, real-world problems.
Applications for the 2020/2021 TMC/SAE Donald D. Dawson Technical Scholarship begin on January 6, 2020. Interested students must:
  • Have hands-on automotive experience in areas such as rebuilding engines, working on cars or trucks, tractor repair or working with drones (UAV Challenge, for example), robotics (FIRST, VEX) and coding.
  • Have a 3.75 GPA or higher and rank in the 90th percentile in both Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math sections of the SAT or ACT.
  • Be an incoming freshman pursuing an engineering or related science degree through an ABET-accredited program.
SAE International’s robust scholarship program includes 17 scholarships which awarded more than $100,000 to 35 students in 2019. Applications for the TMC/SAE Donald D. Dawson Technical Scholarship for the 2020/21 academic year will be accepted beginning January 6, 2020.
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